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Monday, 20 January 2020 10:35

LOSRA Response to Local Plan Consultation

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LoSRA has now submitted its response to the Spelthorne Borough Council’s consultation on the New Local Plan. The Preferred Option in the Plan proposes the release of a significant amount of Green Belt land for development to achieve its allocated target of new homes.

LoSRA remains opposed to such development and the precedent it could set against the Government’s own definition that “the essential characteristics of Green Belts are their openness and permanence”.

Four parcels of Green Belt land have been identified for allocation in the Lower Sunbury area. LoSRA’s comments on these in its response to the Local Plan are focused on the largest of these proposed sites, namely that adjacent to Stratton Road, but similar arguments apply to all Green Belt sites proposed for allocation.

Having studied in detail the reasons for allocating this site, LoSRA believes that the consultant’s judgements made in the two Green Belt Assessment Reports were flawed. The Stratton Road site was originally part of a larger area of Green Belt rightly assessed as being “strongly performing” but was selectively downgraded when that larger area was subsequently sub-divided. LoSRA does not support that downgrading and believes that the Stratton Road site does and should continue to play its vital Green Belt role in helping to maintain separation and preventing urban sprawl. It also notes that any development of the proposed Stratton Road site would face considerable challenges due to the lack of supporting infrastructures.

Furthermore, LoSRA supports Spelthorne Council’s challenge to the Government to reconsider the high number of new houses it is required to see built in the borough as part of its new Local Plan.

Click here to view the LoSRA response (PDF document)

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  • Comment Link Rekha Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:01 posted by Rekha

    1. Can we prove that whist this green belt is not landfill, it does in fact have contamination in areas?

    2. Throw out gov/developer’s assertion that the build is going to be ‘valuable’ by comparing cost impact and non financial impact against the identified/stated benefits.

    As an example, over subscribed schools may lead to extra travel to schools outside the area adding to already busy traffic and pollution in the lower Sunbury area

    Benefits are diminished over time when cost of impact (both financial and non-financial) outweighs the stated benefits at the start. A value assessment should be carried out using the identified benefits and using data to derive the true cost of extra services needed, pollution and loss of amenities.

    Will children in nearby schools lose their play and garden area? Is relocation of school a possibility?

    A data driven approach is worth looking into as it may challenge the assertion of value made by the developers.

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